Angela Fry (Branch President)
Manager, Toowoomba & South West Region, GHD
Works Manager, Somerset Regional Council
District Director (Darling Downs), TMR
Manager Works, Goondiwindi Regional Council
Balonne Shire Council, Bulloo Shire Council, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Murweh Shire Council, Paroo Shire Council, Quilpie Shire Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Southern Downs Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council
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Once again, SWQ Branch councils, people and organisations reaped rewards at the 2018 IPWEAQ Excellence Awards confirming that our region is consistently delivering for our communities. Winners this year include:
Young Engineer of the Year (sponsored by GenEng Solutions) – Haydn O’Leary, Engineer, Construction and Maintenance South, Toowoomba Regional Council.
Futures Challenge winner (sponsored by Rocla) – Madison Stahlhut from USQ. Maddy is an intern at Toowoomba Regional Council and I am delighted to report that she will be joining GHD in the new year.
Projects over $10 million – High Commended: Boundary Street Upgrade Project, Toowoomba Regional Council
Projects $2 - $5 million – Winner: Somerset Regional Council, Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (Toogoolawah to Moore)
Congratulations again to our winners. Next year, we would like to see more SWQ Branch councils and organisations nominating projects and their people. The awards night is not just about the winners but all the projects that are featured on the night in front of almost 500 people from our industry. All nominations are featured in the annual commemorative book. The 2019 awards program will be launched at the President’s Breakfast in February. Projects delivered by July 2019 are eligible. A new awards portal will streamline the process and make it easier for you to obtain internal approvals.
Congratulations also to Maddy Stahlhut who has been chosen as an IPWEAQ Ambassador!
Planning is well underway for our SWQ Branch Conference in Gatton, 7-8 March 2019 jointly hosted by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Somerset Regional Council. On Saturday morning 9 March, in honour of our award-winning bike trail, we invite you to register to ride the 30km section of the trail from Moore back to Toogoolawah (approximately 5 hours) or continue further south if you’re keen. BYO bikes or bikes are available to hire.
And since we are a sporting bunch in the SWQ, our conference welcome/dinner this year will be held at the Gatton Bowls Club for barefoot bowls. If you’re a bit rusty on bowls, there’s an Australian documentary, Crackerjack starring Mick Molloy which offers the necessary guidance.
The Call for Papers for the SWQ Branch Conference closes Tuesday 11 December and we encourage our YIPWEAQ members to submit a paper – and you will receive a complimentary conference registration if you are selected for the program.
Meanwhile, Ashlee Jesshope, winner of an IPWEAQ International Study Tour scholarship has just attended the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona and we look forward to Ashlee’s presentations of her learnings when she returns to Australia.
Thanks finally to the Goondiwindi Regional Council for hosting an inaugural satellite breakfast for the President’s Breakfast on Friday 8 February 2019. If you would like to join us at the Goondiwindi Regional Council for breakfast streamed live to the main event in Brisbane, please be sure to contact Monica Robertson. Similarly, if you or your organisation would like to host a satellite breakfast in your town, please contact Monica.
Thanks to everyone for supporting IPWEAQ and your branch over the past 12 months. We continue to go from strength to strength evidenced particularly by our growing YIPWEAQ membership (up by 50% on last year).
I look forward to seeing you in Gatton!
SWQ Branch President